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Rebecca is an associate solicitor in the London office in the Medical Negligence department, who represents individuals who have suffered injury as a result of a medical accident. She qualified as a solicitor in 2004, joining Irwin Mitchell in 2007 and achieved her promotion to an associate in 2009.
Rebecca is accredited as a Senior Litigator by the Association Of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and she has been acknowledged in the Legal 500, as well as the Chambers & Partners. In the 2013 edition of the Chambers & Partners Directory, she is described as; "a talented young associate in Irwin Mitchell's London office, who primarily deals with spinal cord and birth injury cases."
Rebecca achieved a settlement of £8.5 million for a lady rendered paraplegic after developing a spinal infection following a neurosurgical procedure.
GR -v- Mr Reissis
In this case, the claimant underwent cervical facet joint injections in June 2006. The surgery was performed on a private basis at a local hospital. The surgeon mistakenly inserted the needle directly into GR’s spinal cord, leaving her disabled and unable to return to work. A significant settlement was recovered.
JKL -v- Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
The claimant suffers from severe cerebral palsy as a result of the mismanagement of his mother’s labour. He will remain dependant on carers for the rest of his life for all activities of daily living. Two large interim payments were obtained before the case had concluded to fund a care package, case manager and to enable the claimant to move to more suitable accommodation. The Court approved a final settlement reached between the parties out of Court in the sum of £7.4 million.
CDE -v- University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The claimant sustained injury at birth resulting in the development of severe bilateral spastic cerebral palsy, visual impairment and epilepsy. An out of Court settlement of £7.7 million was secured for the claimant to cover the costs to meet his future needs including a 24-hour-care package, suitable accommodation, aids and equipment and physiotherapy amongst others.
KT -v- Dr Malpass
Settlement recovered on behalf of the family of a 23-year-old who tragically died following a
significant delay in diagnosis of a malignant melanoma, despite presenting to his GP on
numerous occasions concerned about a mole on his back. Had he been referred urgently to
a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon shortly after first presenting to his GP, his melanoma
would have been cured and he would have had a normal life expectancy.
SD -v-Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Failure to recognise an abnormality upon examination of a CTG trace led to Angel, one of SD’s twin boys, being delivered stillborn. The Claimant received an award of damages following a successful out of Court settlement.
GH –v- St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust
Following an admission of liability a settlement of £2.75 million was recovered for GH to compensate her for the spinal cord injury sustained when she underwent a laminectomy at St George’s Hospital to remove a thoracic disc. GH was left with impaired sensation below T7 resulting in significantly impaired mobility and the requirement for an electric wheelchair over longer distances.
BCD –v- Spire Healthcare Limited
Substantial settlement recovered for patient suffering tetraplegia at the level of C4/5 following surgery to remove a spinal tumour and decompress the spinal cord resulting in spinal infection due to post operative cerebrospinal fluid leak.
I have always had a firm belief in access to justice and I wanted a career where I could make a real difference to people’s lives and where no two days would be the same!
Through the work that I do, I am able to highlight failings in medical care and issues of patient safety so that lessons can be learnt. By achieving significant financial settlements for my clients, I enable them to have the best quality of life and financial security possible following a life changing injury. There is nothing more rewarding than helping individuals to rebuild their lives and restore their hopes for the future in this way.
In my specialist field as a clinical negligence practitioner, I am proud to be part of a firm that is considered to be one of the leading firms in this field. The firm is innovative, progressive and forward thinking, enabling me to achieve the best results for my clients.
Spending time with my family and friends is very important to me, together with exploring different parts of the world and forever trying to achieve a new personal best in my local park run on a Saturday morning!
We are proud to be sponsoring the most successful UK Wheelchair Rugby team. They offer fantastic opportunities and support to both adults and children with a spinal cord injury or physical disability.
There are options available for individuals who have suffered serious injuries to get involved with sport and this team truly showcases what you can achieve. Members of this team and organisation are a true inspiration to us all and we are looking forward to sponsoring and supporting this team over the coming season.”